At All Costs
‘I’m not losing another Sandbagger!’
An Bulgarian spy chief believes he may be ousted and makes overtures
to the SIS.
Another riveting episode. The scenes of Tom Elliot trapped behind
the Iron Curtain are among the most difficult watch in the series.
After the sudden death of a Sandbagger in the previous episode,
the last thing the audience is expecting is another disaster in
the Eastern Bloc.
If The Sandbaggers were a more typical series, where heroes
are usually infallible, Burnside would have saved Tom Elliott.
Burnside fails miserably, even deciding ultimately to ‘end
it for him.’ Rare is it on television do we see a protagonist
take such a drastic step.
He is surprisingly kind in the assessment of Peele that he gives
to Mike. Moreover, Peele is surprisingly supportive of Burnside's
desire to go to Sofia with Willie.
Cast changes for season two include the introductions of Sandbaggers
Tom Elliott and Mike Wallace. We also have the first appearances
of D-Int Edward Tyler and Karen Milner. This episode also boasts
the only appearance of C’s wife, Lady Greenley.
Secrets of the secret service
Burnside reveals that pay for a Sandbagger is £5,700 per
This is the second and last episode to use incidental music, and
it's the same 39-second cue as in Special Relationship. This is
the only episode with a pre-title sequence scene: a clip from
the climax of Special Relationship.